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The importance of digital literacy to access sexual and reproductive health content via mobile internet

We know that mobile internet content can bring invaluable benefits to millions of women worldwide. But developing relevant e-health services for women is not only about making information and services available through an app, a website, SMS or USSD channels; it’s also ...

KaiOS, enabling accessible and affordable internet for all with the GSMA’s MISTT module

KaiOS is a mobile operating system for so-called smart feature phones. With this new category of phones, we at KaiOS aim to help close the digital divide by overcoming one of the main barriers to internet access: the affordability of devices and data. But solving the ...

Mobile connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: 4G and 3G connections overtake 2G for the first time

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay connected has never been more important. With protection measures introduced across the world, the internet has taken more space in our lives – helping us to stay active professionally, access information and to ...

Mobile connectivity in South Asia: Huge improvements in mobile broadband coverage bring 640 million online in last five years

Accelerated deployments of 4G networks in South Asia[1] meant that the region was the biggest contributor last year to further increasing the number of people in the global population that live within the footprint of a mobile broadband network. However, as the latest ...

Why are digital skills important for financial inclusion, and how can the mobile money module in the GSMA’s MISTT help?

This is the fourth blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online ...

Improving mobile internet access through digital literacy

This is the third blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online Safety, Mobile Money, ...

How to use mobile accessibility features: A guide for using mobile with a visual or hearing impairment

This is the second blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online Safety, Mobile Money, Android, Accessibility Features ...

Introducing five new modules in the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit: Driving digital inclusion for all

This week, the GSMA re-launched the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) with five brand new modules: Mobile Money, Online Safety, Android, KaiOS and Accessibility Features. In this MISTT blog series, we’ll deep dive into each new module in turn, highlighting the ...

Adapting services for digital inclusion during COVID-19: Grameenphone’s Sign-Line

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to ensure that everyone is digitally included. However, mobile internet and digital content are out of reach for many.

Online safety and security is more important than ever during COVID-19

Why does online safety and security in mobile internet usage matter during Covid-19? With the lockdown continuing in countries across the world, the reliance on mobile internet services for work, education, entertainment and social activities has increased manifold. ...

Squeezed between low(er) incomes and a growing need to be online

The measures implemented to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 are being somewhat relaxed by different countries over the past weeks, but continue to affect societies across the globe. The recently published quarterly results of mobile operators are beginning to paint a ...

Working together during COVID-19 to enable empowerment through digital skills initiatives

The wide scale social and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are providing stronger incentives for people, business and governments to more actively pursue digital solutions. As people face lockdown and social distancing measures, the internet is a vital tool for ...

Escaping the virus in a digital desert: Why digital inclusion is key to help us address COVID-19

Many of us still face unprecedented restrictions to everyday life, following measures to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19. With half of the world’s population now under lockdown, people have turned to the internet to maintain a sense of community, access education or ...

Announcing the Launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion

Mobile networks have become the primary way of accessing the internet in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), driving economic growth, enabling access to life-enhancing services, and creating multiple opportunities for people and businesses to thrive. In fact, at a time ...

Digital inclusion is not negotiable

Around the world, digital, data and technology are changing the way we live and work. The internet is a major aspect of this shift, and is shaping business, education and communication for billions of people. Mobile technology is playing a key role in delivering these ...

The Conectadas Project: an innovative approach to deliver the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit, empower women in Guatemala and increase MNO’s data revenues

As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Tigo Guatemala committed to design strategies aiming to increase the proportion of women in their mobile internet customer base in Guatemala from 46% to 50% by 2020. To reach this goal, Tigo partnered with SHEVA, a ...

A Recap of M360 Digital Societies from Banglalink

The internet has become a commodity for many people round the world, yet millions of people still gain access to the internet for the first time every year, and there remains a “usage gap” of 3.2 billion people.

Mobile internet is a crucial component of digital societies

Mobile internet is changing lives and livelihoods around the world. It is a fundamental driver of our increasingly digital societies. Mobile internet provides the sole means of online access and engagement for millions of people globally, especially in low- and middle-income ...

Are mobile operators under-investing in rural coverage in emerging markets?

There is a common belief that the lack of rural network coverage in emerging markets is the result of under-investment by mobile network operators (MNOs). But is this actually the case? In this blog post, I look at how the GSMA is trying to answer these questions using ...

A Recap of Mobile360 Africa from KaiOS Technologies

GSMA Intelligence shows that since 2014, 4G has reached an additional 200 million people and 40 million new social media accounts. As a company focused on eliminating the digital divide, KaiOS could not be more excited about these statistics. Mobile connectivity is at an ...